By Matt Besler

Illinois has tremendous strengths. We are a state rich in agriculture, mineral resources and manufacturing. With road, rail and air, Illinois is a transportation hub.  The state boasts outstanding universities and one of the world’s most vibrant cities. We are only held back by our public policies and the antiquated political processes through which they are instituted

The good news is Illinois’ problems are man-made. The damage can be undone by changing public policy, and returning checks and balances to state government. With independent, principled policymakers, Illinois can implement reform-focused legislation that will limit government and the power of special interests; legislation that will give individuals dominion over their own lives, and reduce burdens on businesses.

We advocate for such policies because we believe in the power of the individual to create opportunity and to overcome obstacles – even obstacles as great as those Illinois currently faces.

Without a doubt, momentum is on our side. Across the nation we see evidence of the free market movement becoming a driving force in public policy. States from Rhode Island to Oklahoma are moving away from antiquated, bureaucratic pension systems to plans that put retirement funds into the hands of workers. Parents from Florida to Indiana are embracing reforms that empower them to make the best decisions for their child’s education.  Workers in Wisconsin may choose, but are no longer coerced into, union membership.  These free enterprise solutions are working in other states, and will work here.

Illinois is just getting started. Illinois Opportunity Project is proud to be at the forefront of this movement.  We have outlined our vision for an Illinois comeback in the book A Great Future, currently available on

Furthermore, we offer support to those who champion these ideas and dispute the outdated, incorrect idea that government, as opposed to individual ingenuity, can foster prosperity or economic opportunity.  Included in our many projects, are policy advocacy mail pieces and videos that educate taxpayers on critical issues and free market opportunities.  Additionally, we have led policy briefings and grassroots training for advocacy leaders. We continuously research and develop policy briefs, positions and talking points, as well as produce advocacy blogs and commercials. And, our featured speakers spoken to over 5,000 people across the state year-to-date.

We continue to advance the flag of liberty and free enterprise in Illinois because the state’s ruling class does not believe in these values. And, they don’t believe in you.

They do not believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build a just, peaceful, prosperous society. Or, at least, they don’t believe Illinoisans can. So, they rule by using those weaknesses, by corruption and repression. They rule for themselves, not you.

We believe you deserve a government that believes in you and answers to you. And, we long for the day when the people of this state have it.

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